The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged youth corps members stationed in Akwa Ibom to follow the rules of electoral law and remain impartial throughout the general elections.
Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, director-general of NYSC, gave the advice at the orientation course’s closing ceremony for the 2023 Batch ‘A’ stream 1 on Tuesday at the orientation camp in Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area.
Through Ahmed, who was represented by the state’s NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Chinyere Ekwe, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies assured the youth corps members that they were committed to ensuring their safety throughout the elections.
He said “my dear compatriots, as you are already aware, the 2023 General Election are around the corner. As was the
case with the previous elections, youth corps members will form the majority of ad hoc personnel that will be
enlisted for the conduct of the exercise.
“It will interest you to know that the performance of your predecessors contributed to the credibility of previous
elections, and earned NYSC accolades from both local and foreign observers. Therefore, I enjoin you to take
a cue from them by performing in the election with high sense of responsibility.”
The D-G also urged the youth corps members to remain security conscious at their places of primary assignment
and avoid acts capable of endangering their lives, adding that the scheme would continue to ensure their
safety throughout the service year.
He added that “you must be wary of acts that can portray the scheme in bad light especially drug abuse and trafficking, cybercrime, advanced-fee-fraud and spreading of fake news, among, others.
“Also remember that your membership of the service corps does not confer on you immunity from the legal consequences of any wrongdoing.”
Ahmed urged the youth corps members to build on the skills acquired from the Skill Acquisition and Enterpreneurship Development (SAED) by availing themselves the opportunities for post-camp training to be self reliant.
He assured that the NYSC scheme would continue to liaise with financial institutions and other critical stakeholders to provide them with loans for the actualisation of their business dreams. (NAN)